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4 months in...lost 42 lbs! Can't wait to take a BETTER pic in those jeans in a couple of months!!

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69 lbs. down! Same Shirt and Jeans as I was wearing in my 42 lbs. down pic!

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This is my after...where I walk around a snowy wood in a nearly obscene bikini! :)


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Hi! I'm Jessica...I live in Florida and I am a wife and the mother of 2 little girls, 10 and 4. Things have steadily gone south (fitness-wise) over the last 10 years, between 2 young children, a career, Wendy's too delicious dollar menu, and advancing old age so I've decided that this is going to be the year that I learn how to take care of myself.(Properly, not by using the pages of Cosmo). I asked around and found out about Spark People! I'm SOOO excited to finally find a site that does the math for's to hoping it works!

Some crazy diets I've been on and the results:
Slim Fast: Found the shakes are delicious with pizza
Cabbage Soup Diet: We're not going into detail about the gastrointestinal effects...I'll just say it wasn't pretty.
Fat Grams: Less than 20/ hair fell out, and I lost about a whole 5 lbs for the trouble.
Weight Watchers: Lost 30lbs...and was miserable and starving all the time. Then gained back 50. Yay. And spent a small fortune to do it.
Atkin's Diet: This was a doozy, lost a ton of weight quickly, COMPLETELY killed my immune system, had to go off it, gained back all the weight plus.
Supervised Starvation: I don't know what else you'd call this...a local women's gym offered this program...I was burning about 5000 calories a day in exercise (I was a teenager and had the time and energy), and only eating 1,200 calories a day on their diet. And they couldn't understand why I hit a plateau and couldn't get off of it. Or why I got gallstones from it and had to have my gallbladder removed at 16.
Pregnancy diet: Per my OB/GYN; "Just eat well". That was helpful.

Anyway, the point of listing all of that is: that for all the money, time, and energy I've tried to put into trying to be healthy in my life, no one has ever thought to teach me to eat right. And I SURELY never figured out how to do it on my own...I've been so confused since the Atkins fiasco that I just gave up.

I'm BEYOND HAPPY that technology has opened the door for a program like this! (One that actually deals with the whole person, not just the scale.) While I'm not having any medical issues yet because of my weight, I know I'm not bulletproof, and things like Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Physical Injury are lurking around every corner if I don't get something done about this. I wouldn't turn down smaller, cuter clothing, but it's just not my goal anymore--I'm kind of getting worried that I won't be around to see my daughters grow up, and that is the most terrifying thing I can think of.

Update 2/25/12: I am kicking healthy living's ever loving butt! AND YOU CAN TOO!!!!

Member Since: 5/3/2011

Fitness Minutes: 29,219

My Goals:
Primary Weight Loss Goal: get down to 207 so I can just be regular fat, not obese.
Reboot goals:
#1 Lose the 20 lbs. I've gained over the last 4 months.
#2 Get back into the SP habit so that I can accomplish #1!!
Other lifestyle goals:
I need to find BALANCE (yet again.) I'm an all or nothing kind of girl, and I need to start working on finding my happy place in the middle of the road. (Again. Sigh.)

My Program:
Eat well and prosper. :)
Stay in range, eat consistantly, and forgive myself on days that I'm not 100% perfect.
For fitness, I'm working on keeping the cardio down to no more than 45 minutes a day, no more than 5 days/week. No more "serious" strength training until I'm closer to my goal weight....light weights are still "on" though!

Personal Information:
I'm kind of goofy, selectively shy, and extra opinionated. I have a tendency to be (more than) a little silly when expressing "serious" emotion...humor (or my interpretation of it), thou art my favorite defense mechanism! So, please don't post hate comments to my blogs or status if you don't get the joke!
I'm married with 2 awesome little girls, a big brown dog, and 4 salt water fish, and a wicked collection of paranormal literature!
My stats: I'm 5'11", and built like a brick house! (My German farmer ancestry made for "sturdy" women.) I tend to be pretty muscular on my own...the strength training is helping it along too!

Other Information:
I'm a closet goth/punk/neo hippie...there, I've said it. I no longer have the piercings , make dark/bizarre fashion choices, or wear the death make-up, but my personal tastes still kind of run in those directions...old age has tamed my outward appearances, but not my spirit! My favorite movie is The Nightmare Before Christmas, my favorite book is 1984, George Orwell, and my musical tastes extend to all 31 flavors!

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    Jessica....I was relegated to early am workouts instead of my usual post work work out. My usual schedule had me strength training T/W/S with kickboxing on Thursday and Sunday, Yin Yoga on Friday and a heavy dose of cardio in there on Monday. My work hours were changed by a half an hour. I work with a trainer on the strength training and also follow her to kickboxing. She isn't available to do later in the evening than I was doing. So....She suggested that we try training in the am for the week, keeping a diary and seeing what happens. Well, Monday and Wednesday were 1/2 hour of strength training with a smidge of cardio. T/Th/F were all kickboxing in the am with Sat and Sun am with the usual. Sat is an hour of strength, Sun is an hour of kickboxing training followed by an hour group. I followed my diet to the letter. Even found that when I was hungry, I was really hungry and it was time to eat. When I ate, it filled me well and I was good for longer than usual. I kept track of all my food (like I have for a year and a half now....every morsel, including sugar free gum) and used the planner tab to journal how I was feeling. All in all, I hated the drive to and from work because it is later, meaning more traffic and longer time to commute. I do have to say, I think that I felt a bit more energized this week. Friday was like someone zipped me up with caffeine or something. It was also the best workout of the week and at 5:30 am to boot. So, the girl who complained the most about the hour change (we rotate the late shift between 5 of us) turns out to benefit the most from it and I am planning to see if I can get someone to trade with me next week at least T/T/ and F. Mind you, I have been really stuck with a semi plateau for a while. Losing very slowly, so maybe this was just the jolt that I needed. Either way, I am flying high today.
    3275 days ago

    Hi! Just a shout out to congratulate you!

    You are the recipient of the Beautiful Woman Award!!

    "Once you've been given this award, you have to paste it on the page of 8 women who deserve it. If you receive more than 3, you know you're really beautiful! If you break the chain, nothing will happen, but it's always good to know someone thinks you're beautiful inside and out!"

    Again, Congratulations Beautiful!

    3285 days ago
    Wondering where you are my lady! Hope you are doing well.
    3288 days ago
  • v JAILYNN0912

    And I really could use my accountability partner more than ever, and maybe just maybe you could use yours too. I am not up to my starting weight but I am completely off track.
    3333 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/11/2012 7:31:55 AM
    I've been slack recently but often wonder how you are going. Today I had time and thought I'd catch up on your blogs but........ where are you. You are missed.
    3348 days ago
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